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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

giving thanks ~

ahhh thanksgiving.
a beautiful day, which is in it's most simplest form ~ truly ~  and only ~ a day for giving thanks to God.  for everything.
originally, thanksgiving was a religious holiday. it has morphed into making idols of our families in many respects. we have forgotten far too often to whom it is that gives us these blessings of family.  
we have forgotten the blessings of living under The Lord's providence and guidance, and it would seem that the overwhelming american response to "what does Thanksgiving mean" is only to give thanks for family and food... i hear it on tv; in every show, in every commercial, in our culture, and in our own statements to each other... every minute.  how sad... to forget. 
yes, it is very good to give thanks for our families, homes, for bounties of food... friends and more.  but that is not the real reason for thanksgiving day.  originally this day was a holy day; {a day set apart for thankfulness; which is also part of the word meaning of "holiday"},  a holy day set apart specifically celebrated by the pilgrims, to give thanks TO GOD, and for God seeing them through horrendous, and very difficult circumstances, for a life blessed under His care;  despite the death of loved ones,  hunger, fears, tears, and challenges of living in a new land. 
and yet... our loving God never forgot, and He never forsook them. He remained faithful. and He still does.
sadly, at least here in America, while God is largely  forgotten by many, and left out of the story taught to our children in so many places... He is still the only story of a truly thankful heart.  of life to the fullest.  of grace.  mercy.  and His justice.  in His sovereign wisdom, we live and trust.

Brian and I are so thankful for His loving kindnesses, His faithfulness, and most of all, for the gift of eternal life through the most beautiful sacrifice of His Son for us on the Cross.  
This Story ... this one life... is only the beginning for Christians who's hearts belong to Him... in whom heart's have said the "divine" yes.  

while it saddens me that america doesn't seem to recognize Him, or that we were a country based on Christian values, {more and more}... that is also the story of God. He knows, and He knows the whole story, the beginning... and the end. 
We give thanks, and praise Him for his never-ending love and mercy, grace and forgiveness, and life everlasting.  our living redeemer, the rock upon which we build our foundation of faith.  
may you be ever mindful, and ever thankful, noticing you are walking on holy ground every where you go.  may you know  that a Mighty God is still on the throne, He knows and sees all; He never misses a moment of your life.  may you know the break through of the freedom of looking to the One who knows all, is all, and is the end-all. Be thankful that He knows... your story!  may He fill you up, pour you out as a blessing to others.  may you drink from the living water that never runs dry.... thankful that God Himself will fill you with holy confidence, and humble dependence so that others will taste and see... and know He is God.  Our Loving One, and 
in His Loving Hands,  Amen.
Blessings upon your life, your family, and your day of giving Thanks to Him.
xo
leslie

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving ~ from my Sketchbook

  ~Giving Thanks~
I am thankful to God for YOU, dear reader, friend, comrade, and Sister.
You are in my prayers.
You are part of my thankfulness this holiday of Thanksgiving.
I am thankful that we can create art, take pictures, explore the wonders that God gave us, "In the beginning; "... God created the heavens and the earth." {Gen 1:1} 
You see, it's really all about Him.  An attitude of gratitude, but also an act of worship.  Thankfulness.  Recognizing, in Whom, from Whom, all this is possible.
Brian and I not only wish you a grateful Thanksgiving, but we stop and pause.  To worship Him, to give HIM thanks.  To remember that ALL WE HAVE has been provided through His Hands.  And we are grateful.  
We give thanks, and remember that we have Thanksgiving, not to celebrate family.  Although we certainly do.  Not to eat well ~ because we have always had more, way more ~ than we need. 
We stop to be thankful to our great I AM. He is the One who has been, who is, and who will forever be, our Savior, Provider; the one and only Living God.
We hear a lot about “worship”—but what is it exactly?  
{Max Lucado}
Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.  

Worship is the awareness that were it not for God’s touch, you’d still be hobbling and hurting, bitter and broken.  

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced.

Oh we’ve tried to make a science out of worship.  We can’t do that any more than we can “sell love” or negotiate peace.”   
Worship is a voluntary act of gratitude offered by the saved to the Savior, by the healed to the Healer, and by the delivered to the Deliverer.

If you and I can go days without feeling an urge to say “thank you” to the One who saved, healed, and delivered us, then we’d do well to remember 
what He did!

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  
2 Corinthians 4:15”
AMEN.
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